Ketamine-Assisted Therapy Centre in Sault Ste. Marie

9am-5pm Monday-Friday

Therapy Team

Ashley Irwin

Registered Social Worker

Ashley is a Registered Social Worker with 15 years of experience in the mental health field. She works in a strengths-based approach focusing on social, emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing and wellness, to enhance daily living. Ashley has a strong background of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is Trauma level one and two certified through the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. Her extensive training and experience working in the private and public sectors has given her knowledge in working with children, adolescents and adults. Ashley’s clinical specialties include crisis intervention, grief/trauma/loss, internalizing disorders, utilizing art in therapy, mindfulness and other relaxation practices. Ashley completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Algoma University and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Ashley is passionate about nature and is an avid equestrian enthusiast who operates a farm that produces organic produce, maple syrup and eggs. She is a member of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and participates in northern cooperatives and mental health farming initiatives in the community.

Julie Myers

Registered Social Worker

Julie Myers is a Registered Social Worker, working and residing in Sault Ste. Marie, with over fifteen years’ experience in the health and mental health sectors. She has experience and passion in the areas of health and disability; the impact of stress on well-being; chronic pain; trauma; and adjustment. Having worked in both the public and private sectors, she takes a biopsychosocial and individualized approach to her work with clients and has training and education in the areas of cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, crisis intervention, trauma informed practice and compassionate inquiry.

Over the last few years, Julie has developed a special interest both personally and professionally in psychedelics and is enthusiastic about what it offers as a treatment modality. This approach to healing is well aligned with Julie’s values, and she is excited to be a part of the emerging field of psychedelic-assisted therapy as it grows and expands in the coming years. Having been born and raised in the North, Julie naturally enjoys time spent outdoors year-round, in addition to being a music and travel enthusiast.

Medical Team

Dr. Neel Chadha

Medical Director

Dr. Neel Chadha is a family physician based in Ottawa. His medical interests include hospital medicine, geriatrics and mental health. He has completed training in cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing. He is currently completing ketamine assisted psychotherapy training from the Polaris Institute. He completed medical school at the University of Calgary and family medicine residency at the University of Ottawa. Outside of work he enjoys playing sports, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Neel is excited to be the lead physician for the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Centre for Psychedelic Healing.

Dr. Esa Leinonen

Psychiatrist

Nick Campbell

Registered Nurse

Nicholas Campbell is a Registered Nurse with a wealth of experience spanning various healthcare specialties, including Mental Health, Emergency, Pediatrics, and Neonatal Intensive Care. His experience in Mental Health has equipped him with the skills to support individuals facing diverse challenges, while his work in medical care has honed his ability to remain calm and focused in high-pressure situations. With a steadfast dedication to patient care and a commitment to excellence, Nicholas has established himself as a trusted leader in the field.

Currently serving as the Nurse Clinic Manager at Field Trip Health, Nicholas oversees operations in Sault Ste. Marie, and ensures the delivery of exceptional care in the realm of Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy. His role involves not only clinical expertise but also leadership and organizational skills, as he takes part in a team of healthcare professionals providing innovative and effective treatments for mental health conditions.

Beyond his professional achievements, Nicholas finds fulfillment in his role as a husband and father to three children. In rare moments of downtime, he enjoys spending time outdoors, and playing golf. His family provides him with unwavering support and motivation as he continues to pursue his passion for healthcare and making a positive impact on the lives of others.

With a combination of clinical expertise, leadership, and compassion, Nicholas exemplifies the qualities of a healthcare professional who is dedicated to improving the well-being of his patients and community.

Chantale Vallieres

Registered Nurse

Rajveer Soos

Nurse Practitioner

Rajveer is a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in the acute care setting as well as in the community, where her focus has always been to provide compassionate client-centred care. In the community she worked to serve marginalized populations, including indigenous and homeless individuals. Rajveer believes that optimal health requires a holistic approach in which there is balance within the mind, body, and spirit. She understands the impact of mental health challenges on individuals, families, and communities, and is passionate about helping individuals heal from deep-rooted patterns and traumas, in order to create lasting healing. In 2021, Rajveer completed Therapsil’s Psilocybin Practitioner Training for End-of Life care, where she gained deeper insight into the true healing potential of psychedelics. She is passionate about the work being done at Field Trip Health and the use of psychedelics to help individuals suffering from mental illness. She is optimistic about the direction and future of mental health care and excited to be contributing to this paradigm shift in the field.

Rita Mannarino

Nurse Practitioner

Rita Mannarino is a skilled and compassionate nurse practitioner with over two decades of nursing experience. She has always had a special interest in mental health issues, mindset and chronic pain and focuses on a holistic approach that focuses on mind, body and spirit.

With advanced training and experience in a variety of settings including primary care, ICU/critical care, oncology, mental health and mindset coaching, pain and symptom management and palliative care, she is dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate patient-centred care that is focused on promoting mind and body wellness.

Rita combines her clinical knowledge, empathetic and caring approach, and evidence-based practices to develop personalised treatment plans that empower her patients to achieve optimal physical and mental health to lead more fulfilling lives.
 
Rita completed her Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner and her Master of Science in Nursing degree at Laurentian University. Prior to this she completed her Nursing Degree from Athabasca University after previously completing her nursing diploma from Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology. Rita has completed many certificate and advance training programs over the last two decades from various educational institutions in her constant pursuit to expand her knowledge and experience.
 
Outside of work, Rita enjoys spending time at their cottage on Lake Superior with her husband, two dogs and their two grown children and their partners. Rita enjoys hiking, gardening, snowshoeing, going on adventures with her family and just being in nature.

Joy Kolic

Nurse Practitioner

Joy, a seasoned Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of expertise in healthcare and dedicated her career to Mental Health and Geriatrics. She earned her Masters in Nursing/Nurse Practitioner degree in 2017 and has since spent 6 years excelling in the Mental Health field. Joy is certified in Mental Health and Addictions from the University of Toronto.

Beyond her role as a Nurse Practitioner, she is a certified yoga teacher with a deep passion for yoga, meditation, and mindful movement, recognizing their positive impact on wellness and healing. Embracing a holistic approach to patient care, Joy is eager to assist you in achieving your wellness goals.

April Bakonyi

Nurse Practitioner

Jay Esguerra

Nurse Practitioner

Jay Esguerra is a Nurse Practitioner (Primary Health Care). He completed his Masters in Nursing in 2021 and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007, both at the University of Toronto. His nursing experience includes working with the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at the University Health Network and with Home & Community Care with Ontario Health.

In addition to working with Field Trip, Jay’s NP experience includes working in shelters with the homeless and refugee populations. Jay is a true believer that optimal mental health and spirituality can heal the body. Jay is excited to be part of Field Trip Health and hopes to increase awareness of the healing-potential of psychedelics.

 

Shahnawaz Ali,

Nurse Practitioner

Shahnawaz has been working as a Nurse Practitioner in multiple mental health and addictions settings in his career. This includes working in several psychiatry clinics at Niagara Health and within the concurrent disorders program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. He has embraced leadership opportunities including chairing the Nurse Practitioner advisory committee and clinical leadership for an interdisciplinary community team. He is also active in Nurse Practitioner education and holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Toronto. Currently, he is working at the Canadian Mental Health Association in Peel in the RAAM (Rapid access addiction medicine) clinic. Shahnawaz has completed a Master’s degree in Nursing in the Adult Nurse Practitioner field at University of Toronto in 2015, receiving a Schulich Award for academic achievement. He is passionate about mental health and addictions care and an advocate for the Nurse Practitioner role.

Rodea Casem

Nurse Practitioner

Rodea obtained her Masters of Nursing Degree at Ryerson University and subsequently completed the Post-Masters Nurse Practitioner Program at University of Toronto. Being an Advanced Practice Nurse, she joins Field Trip Health with over 13 years of nursing experience in acute care, ambulatory, and community settings. She has also obtained the Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Certification from the Canadian Nurses Association.

Have questions?

Call us at (705) 575-9000 or email us at ssm@fieldtriphealth.ca

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy integrates ketamine for mental clarity and a fresh perspective with psychotherapy targeting the root cause(s) of trauma. Tailored for individuals who haven't found relief through conventional treatments, it fosters profound insights and accelerated breakthroughs for effective relief.

Pain Management

Discover a breakthrough in pain management through ketamine, a cutting-edge method reshaping your brain's pain perception. Customised to your needs, it not only lessens pain intensity and frequency but also presents an individualised route to regain control and experience relief.

Psychotherapy & Counselling

Engage with our therapists, experts in managing intricate cases. Specialising in anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD (with dedicated support for first responders and veterans), relationship hurdles, grief, addiction, and eating disorders, our professionals provide a nurturing space for your transformative journey to mental well-being.

Group Therapy & Workshops

Join our supportive community through Group Therapy and Workshops, fostering connection and personal growth. Led by experienced facilitators, these sessions provide a collaborative space for individuals to share, learn, and navigate their mental health journey together.

Other Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapies

Experience transformative healing with Other Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapies, targeting PTSD, depression, and end-of-life distress. Our expert-guided therapies provide a unique and effective approach for renewed well-being.

Our philosophy

Welcome to our Sault Ste. Marie Health & Wellness Centre, nestled in Elgin Tower at 390 Bay Street, just across from the southeast corner of Station Mall. Enjoy urban accessibility, sophisticated design, and a touch of nature for your wellness exploration.

Our Sault Ste. Marie treatment team specialises in complex trauma informed services, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), cognitive processing therapy, internal family systems (IFS), emotion focused therapy (EFT), somatic experience, and acceptance and commitment therapy. These modalities can be used on their own or within psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy programs including ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, and Psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy.

We're proud to work closely with our Canadian veteran population, first responders, healthcare workers, and Indigenous communities.

Common conditions we treat

ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)

Dealing with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can influence various life aspects. Our team tailors personalised strategies and interventions, empowering individuals to navigate symptoms, enhancing focus, and promoting overall well-being.

Addiction And Stimulant-Use Disorder

Successfully addressing addiction, especially stimulant-use disorders, requires holistic support. Our team of addiction specialists implements evidence-based therapies and strategies to empower individuals in overcoming the cycles of substance dependence, fostering a clear path towards recovery.

Alcohol Addiction

Overcoming alcohol addiction requires specialised care. Our addiction specialists implement evidence-based interventions and provide supportive guidance, steering individuals towards recovery and the adoption of a healthier lifestyle.

Anxiety

Anxiety, characterised by persistent worry and unease, has the capacity to affect daily life. Our therapists provide individualised support and deploy effective coping strategies to assist in symptom management, cultivating a sense of calm and overall well-being.

Bipolar 1 Disorder and Bipolar 2 Disorder

Individuals managing Bipolar 1 and 2 Disorders grapple with extreme mood variations. Our mental health experts introduce personalised interventions to stabilise mood fluctuations, extending support and effective strategies for handling the specific challenges associated with bipolar disorders.

Bulimia and Anorexia

Managing eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia demands a nuanced perspective. Our dedicated team offers compassionate care, addressing both the physical and emotional components of these conditions, fostering a more positive relationship with food and body image.

Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Regional Pain Syndrome, Sciatic Pain, Nerve Pain

Chronic pain conditions demand a holistic approach. Our team of specialists collaborates to assess and develop personalised treatment plans, incorporating various modalities to manage and alleviate pain, improving overall well-being.

CPTSD (Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

CPTSD, resulting from prolonged trauma with additional symptoms such as emotional dysregulation, negative self-beliefs, and interpersonal difficulties, requires specialised care. Our therapists, trained in addressing complex trauma, provide support and therapeutic interventions to help individuals regain control and stability in their lives.

Depression

Dealing with depression, marked by persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest, can be a challenging experience. Individuals may cope with emotions of guilt, poor concentration, sleep disturbances, and even suicidal thoughts. Our mental health professionals offer empathetic guidance and evidence-based therapies, supporting individuals in navigating through depressive symptoms towards a brighter emotional state.

End-of-life Distress

Confronting end-of-life distress presents unique emotional challenges impacting both individuals and their loved ones. Our compassionate team of specialists provides personalised support to navigate this sensitive time, delivering comfort, coping strategies, and a supportive space for those dealing with the complexities of end-of-life experiences.

Grief

Grieving is a unique process for every individual. Our empathetic therapists offer support throughout the grieving journey, providing coping strategies and a compassionate space to navigate the complexities of loss.

Indigenous Trauma

Addressing Indigenous Trauma involves psychological distress arising from historical and cultural factors within Indigenous communities, rooted in colonisation and cultural suppression. Our approach employs a culturally sensitive framework and traditional healing practices to address the distinctive challenges faced by Indigenous individuals and communities

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

Coping with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), a pervasive and intense form of depression, demands a comprehensive strategy. Our experienced team provides therapeutic interventions tailored to address the complex nature of MDD, facilitating healing and promoting recovery.

Migraines

Managing chronic migraines can have a significant impact on daily life. Our healthcare professionals collaborate to identify triggers and implement effective management strategies, delivering relief and enhancing overall quality of life.

OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

Dealing with OCD, characterised by distressing intrusive thoughts and repetitive, time-consuming behaviours, can be challenging. Our therapists provide structured interventions, including exposure and response prevention, to help individuals manage obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours, fostering a sense of control.

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a depressive episode that can happen after a recent pregnancy. Our mental health experts provide sensitive and tailored support, addressing the emotional challenges that can arise during the postpartum period, fostering a positive and nurturing environment.

PTSD and Trauma (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Trauma and PTSD can have profound effects on mental well-being. PTSD includes symptoms of hyperarousal, re-experiencing like flashbacks, avoidance behaviours, often sleep disturbances and mood alterations. Our trauma-informed therapists offer a safe space for individuals to process and heal from traumatic experiences, utilising evidence-based therapies to promote resilience.

PTSD for Veterans and First Responders

PTSD in Veterans and First Responders is a specialised form of post-traumatic stress disorder uniquely shaped by military and emergency service experiences. Our expertise lies in tailored interventions that address the distinct stressors encountered in these roles, recognizing and addressing the challenges associated with duty-related trauma.

Relational Issues

Navigating relational challenges is vital for overall well-being. Our therapists offer couples and family therapy, providing a safe and constructive space to address communication issues, build resilience, and foster healthier relationships.

Have questions?

Call us at (705) 575-9000 or email us at ssm@fieldtriphealth.ca

Coverage Options

Our clinic staff can help confirm your health insurance coverage. Your treatment may be partially or fully covered if you have extended health benefits, a worker’s compensation claim, or were injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Coverage options available to you may include:

  • All third-party insurance
  • Extended health benefits
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Motor vehicle accident insurance

Please check your coverage in your company’s extended health plan. Please note that for payment, all major credit cards, debit, and personal cheques are accepted.

Insurance Eligibility

For your convenience, we offer you a list of insurers who typically cover psychotherapy services, however we recommend that you call your insurance provider directly to confirm the extensiveness of coverage and documentation required.

  • Blue Cross
  • Canada Life
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • CINUP
  • Cowan
  • Desjardins Insurance
  • First Canadian Insurance
  • Corporation
  • Great West Life
  • Greenshield
  • Group Health Benefits
  • Solutions
  • Group Source
  • iA Financial Group
  • Johnson Group
  • Johnson Insurance
  • Manion
  • Manulife
  • Sun Life Financial

Financing Options:

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with multiple reputable third-party financing partners, offering clients the opportunity to finance their treatment and conveniently spread payments over time. For more information on this accessible option, please feel free to inquire with our dedicated staff who are available to assist you with any questions or concerns.

Have questions?

Call us at (705) 575-9000 or email us at ssm@fieldtriphealth.ca

Directions

Parking

There is free parking available in the centre two rows of the parking lot at the Elgin tower. However, please make alternate travel arrangements on any day that you are undergoing ketamine therapy or other psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

Public Transportation

Our Sault Ste. Marie clinic is conveniently accessible via public transit. For detailed directions
and schedules check here.

Finding The Health & Wellness Centre

When you arrive at the building enter the double glass doors and follow the hallway to the
elevators. We are located on the 3rd floor in Suite 303 at the end of the hall.

Accessibility

Wheelchair Accessible. Service Animal Friendly.

Have Questions?

Call us at (705) 575-9000 or email us at ssm@fieldtriphealth.ca

Have questions?

Call us at (705) 575-9000 or email us at ssm@fieldtriphealth.ca